Posts Tagged ‘Buffalo Jump fly pattern’

I was under the impression that Michael would be traveling to upstate New York to spend a day on the East Branch of the Delaware but he fooled me and decided to fish closer to home outside of New York City. He had a good day…


East Branch of the Croton on one of Michael’s previous visits…

Sunday, November 3, 2019…

Nice Brown to hand…

Blowdown on the East Branch of the Croton River…

A Rainbow…

Another Brown…

Flat section of the East Branch of the Croton River…

Last Brown…All were caught on the two fly patterns below. A Black Serendipity designed by Kelly Galloup and my Buffalo Jump…

Brown, Winston BIIX, 9′, 5WT., Tibor Reel & Hat of MOO…


Next: A visit to Los Angeles by Michael, Aimee and “Baby Bean”.



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Artist Jason Bordash of  University Place, WA took one of my photos of an East Walker Brown with a Buffalo Jump in it’s maw and rendered the photo as a water color…here is the result…

BJ WATER COLOR -1-The Trout and Fly…”Brown Trout” – Jason Bordash

ewr-attractor-9The original photo…

buffalo-jump WC -1-

BUFFALO JUMP FLY PATTERN…named after a favorite location on the Stillwater River, MT…


Thank you Jason !!!

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Here are the recipes, separate photographs and further information on the attractor patterns I posted on my previous post…I use attractor patterns as lead flies in multiple fly rigs and often use them solo to work places where big Trout might be lurking and in the mood for the “get out of my space” syndrome…

“RAIN, KIDS…messin’ around”

There are additional attractor patterns I will be posting soon because…

This box is not full yet, attractor patterns are really fun to tie and one can let their imagination stretch beyond boundaries…


HOOK: Daiichi 1560, TMC 3761 , TMC 100 SP BL,  #12-#18

THREAD: Uni 8/0 Brown, to secure tail, rib and abdomen

TAIL: Lemon Wooduck

RIB: Wapsi, Copper/Brown wire SM

ABDOMEN: Red Pheasant Tail fibers...then

THREAD: Wapsi 6/0 Fl. Orange

THORAX: Orange Ice Dub 50%., Nat. Squirrel Belly 50%

WING CASE/ LEGS: Rusty Brown Krystal Flash

BEAD: Silver Tungsten, sized to hook

I am particularly influenced by color of the water and stream bottom color when choosing an attractor pattern…given the name of this guy, one might suspect where it would be employed…


HOOK: Daiichi 1560, TMC 3761 # 14-#18

THREAD: Gordon Griffith 14/0 Sheer, Ginger

TAIL: Yellow Pheasant tail Fibers, 3-6

RIB: Wapsi, Green Metallic Wire, SM

ABDOMEN: Yellow Pheasant tail fibers…then

THREAD: Wapsi 6/0, FL. Pink or Red

WING CASE/LEGS: Black Krystal Flash

THORAX: Peacock Ice Dub 50%, Olive squirrel 50%

BEAD: Black Brass ( stuffed with lead or lead sub.) or Black Tungsten

Pictured below is a location that might find me using this pattern…especially in high water in the early Summer…

Somewhere off Hwy 178…


HOOK: Dai Riki 135 # 16, Daiichi 1120 #14-#18, Mustad CO 68 #14-#18

THREAD: Wapsi Orange Fl., 6/0

BEAD: 7/64 Gold Tung for #16 ( or 1 size, oversize for # 14 and # 18)

RIB: SM Gold or Copper Wire

ABDOMEN: Natural Pheasant Fibers

OVERBODY: SM Mylar tinsel

THORAX: SLF Spiky Squirrel Dub …I used a combination of Mink and Sable for air bubble retention…

HEAD: Fl. Thread in front of bead

This fly imitates a Caddis and was developed for the Missouri River in Montana. It imitates the bug in it’s transition stage. It is meant to be fished dead drift and deep with a little Frog’s Fanny brushed on the thorax. This pattern comes out of the BIG R FLY SHOP, in Great Falls, MT. Poke around there…interesting other patterns to be discovered…


HOOK: Mustad CO 68 #14-#18, Daiichii 1120, #14-#18

THREAD: Wapsi Fl. Chartreuse 6/0

BEAD: Black Tung one size larger than normally called for

RIB: Sm Black Wapsi wire

OVERBODY: SM Mylar Tinsel

THORAX: Peacock Ice Dub 50%, SLF Prism Peacock 50%

HEAD: FL. Thread, Wapsi, Chartruse 6/0

OK, I like this color and just could not resist tying up some of the Tungsten Parrots in chartreuseI have had great success with this color on a number of rivers where me and the guys FF…


HOOK: Mustad CO68, #14-#18, Daiichii1120, #14-#18, TMC 2457 #14-#18

THREAD: UNI 8/0 Olive

TAIL: Olive Pheasant tail fibers, 3-6

ABDOMEN: Olive Pheasant tail Fibers

RIB: Wapsi Pink wire, SM...then

THREAD: Wapsi Fl Pink, 6/0

WING CASE/LEGS: Pearl Krystal Flash

THORAX: UV Pink, Ice Dub

BEAD: Gold Tung, sized to hook

This be the BIG REEDY

…and, these colors kick butt in here…


HOOK: TMC 3761 #12-#18

THREAD: Wapsi Ultra 140 & 70 Denier, Black (based on Hook size)

TAIL: Olive Pheasant tail fibers, 3-6

RIB: Wapsi Chartreuse SM

WING CASE: Black Thin Skin…then

THREAD: Wapsi, Chartreuse 70 Denier

THORAX: Olive squirrel dubbing 50%, Ice Dub Olive Brown 25%, SLF Olive 25%

LEGS: Olive Partridge, V notched

BEAD: Silver Tungsten sized to hook

Tis pattern WORKS anywhere up or down 395…and some other places… in and on the edges of YNP…


HOOK: Mustad c49s, Tmc 2487, Daiichi 1130 #16-#20

THREAD: Gordon Griffith 14/0 Sheer, Black

TAIL: Pheasant tail fibers

ABDOMEN: Black Holo Flash, or SR, Holographic Mylar Motion 1/64″ (coat thread base with cement before wrapping – I use Hard As Hull)

THORAX: Wapsi Raibow Sow Scud Dub

WING CASE: Pearl Mylar Tinsel

Forget RAINBOW Warriors…from the same creator, Lance Egan…tie some of these with Red and Green Holo Flash abdomens too…


2T-S (Two Toned SURVEYOR)

HOOK: TMC 2457, Mustad CO68, Daiichi 1120, #10-#18

THREAD: 6/0, 8/0,  RED (based on Hook size)

BEAD: Silver, Tungsten, sized to hook

TAIL: Natural Pheasant tail fibers, 3-6

RIB: Silver wire

ABDOMEN: Wapsi Rainbow Sow Scud Dub (light)

THORAX: Wapsi Rainbow Sow Scud Dub (dark)…I used Hareline Dark Shade Rainbow Scud Dub

WING CASE: MED. Pearl Tinsel, Thinskin….I use Spirit River, Holographic  Mylar motion, Black, 1/64″

Another Lance Egan pattern which works…REAL GOOD…

BBDF (Blue, Bleu Dun, Frenchie)

HOOK: TMC 2487, Daiichi 1130, Mustad c49s, #14-#20

BEAD: Silver Tungsten, sized to hook

THREAD: Uni 8/0 Grey, Gordon Griffith 14/0 Sheer, Grey

TAIL: Olive Pheasant tail fibers, 3-6

RIB: Lagartun , Blue, Fine or small


WING CASE: Optional....SM or MED Pearl Mylar Tinsel

My take on another Lance Egan pattern. Different collar colors, PT colors and hooks (Daiichi 1560, TMC 100 SPBL) may be utilized. For more on using this and other patterns specifically designed for European Nymphing, check out Aaron Jasper’s just released DVD:



Meanwhile, Michael will get busy…losing flies…

On the Owens River…in Spring…

Ally will just look good in the sunlight…





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